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All this week, we’ll be recommending books that we’ve enjoyed this year.
My book recommendation is Michael Connelly’s ECHO PARK. Connelly once again shows us he’s the master of crime fiction with his continuation of the Harry Bosch series. Bosch looks to find a murderer who slipped past him the first time around, in a case that has haunted him for years. And Connelly’s story and characters — especially Bosch — continue to haunt us long after we finished reading this wonderful book.
Shady realtors, internet porn, Russian mobsters, the Toronto city police and the RCMP all cross paths in this taut, twisted tale. Spiced with just enough kinky sex and action, McFetridge keeps the reader off balance by looking at the story from every angle. You could call it a police procedural or hardboiled… but one thing you could never call it is dull. A fantastic read from a great new Canadian author to watch for.
Ultimately, this book is the protagonist and if you warm to Madeline Dare you’ll be hooked from the first sentence. Read has an incredible way with language that is fresh and engaging, but it is Madeline that resonates with me long after reading the last page. I relate to the contradictions within her, the challenges and struggles. I don’t want to say too much because I wouldn’t want to give anything away, but it takes a real gem to pull off believable amateur sleuth stories that keep me glued, and Read wowed me with her debut.
This is one of my first paranormal mysteries and it had me on the edge of my seat. Frasier knows how to send shivers up your spine and her characterization is so real, so compelling, the book is an absolute page-turner. She also knows how to put the twists in at just the right points, to keep you off-guard. My mind is always jumping ahead, guessing at how things might work out, and I love the way she continued to surprise me. Anything but predictable, PALE IMMORTAL is a fantastic story. I look forward to the release of the sequel in fall 2007.
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